JROTC cadets ready for the big dance

Morgan Lingle – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets will attend the County Military Ball hosted by Palmetto High School on March 16. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

There will be six other JROTC programs from Manatee county attending.

Lakewood Ranch was given 75 seats for this year’s Ball, so tickets will be available until they are sold out. Cadets are allowed to bring dates from outside of the JROTC program.

Male cadets are to wear their class-A uniforms, which are their class-B uniforms with a jacket. Female cadets are allowed to wear their class A’s as well, but floor length gowns are also allowed.

Once everyone is seated there will be toast to all branches of the military followed by presentation of the Fallen Comrades Table. After this, the cadets and their dates will be served dinner and dessert. After dinner, there will be a short speech from the keynote speaker. This host school chooses the speaker. Finally, the cadets are allowed to dance and socialize until 11 p.m.

LRHS junior Elsa Fagulha said, “I am looking forward to see everyone in the program in a different setting and to get a look at other battalions’ leadership.”

Lakewood Ranch’s JROTC staff will all be in attendance as well as both of the army inductors, Lt. Col. Richard Roller and Master Sgt. William Cassidy. In addition, LRHS assistant principal Mike Mullen will attend to represent the school.

LRHS Junior Andrew Lim said, “I am excited to spend time with my date and have a very nice evening as well get to see the cadets from our battalion and the battalions in the county.”

Roller said, “It’s always interesting to watch how different organizations interact with each other. Even though we are all JROTC programs each one has different level of culture and discipline.”